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  • Added on: July 17th, 2001
There's a ton of travel related books out there right now. What are you reading and how is it?

I'm reading 'McCarthy's Bar' by Pete McCarthy in which the author tries to explain his connection with Ireland by visiting every McCarthy's Bar in the country. A noble cause to be sure to be sure.

The book is entertaining as straight laced Pete gets continually thrown into situations with eccentric locals and a whole menagerie of travellers.

The Sunday Times said "An acutely observed and often hilarious series of snapshots of a country
that can induce an onrush of sentimental cliche. A funny and believable travellogue."

The Examiner ( Australia ) said "Wonderful....the funniest thing I've read in years."

I would endorse it too.

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  • Added on: July 18th, 2001
1)My absolute favorite book, and for about the third read it still keeps me highly amused:
"Frost On My Moustache" by Tim Moore
British author, Moore, retraces the 19th-century travels of Lord Dufferin from No. England to Iceland, and across via bike, then by "Viking convoy" through the Faroes to Norway and up to the northern islands of Svalbard/Spitzbergen. Laughed so hard reading this while waiting 9 hours on a Newark lay-over that people wouldn't sit next to me in the crowded terminal.

2) "Cook's Tour" by Irish author Paul Cullen. Chef, travel buff and father of three treks (with family in tow) from China to Ireland, and back via public transport, never truly knowing if said public transport will continue to take him across the nether reaches of China and many Soviet Republics. Also VERY funny, and if you're a cook, or simply food enthusiast, I recommend it. wink

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  • Added on: August 23rd, 2001
I just started a new book called 'The man who walked through time' by Colin Fletcher. It the story of how he walked the length of the Grand Canyon Nat. Park in 1963, which had never been done, at least by a white person.

It shows how amazed he is by his surroundings and what courage he shows, as there was no guarantee of finding water, a safe route or any chance of rescue.

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Hi, I'm currently in T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom. It's a wonderful insight into the Middle East and the Arab people as well as the hardships and horrors of war. It certainly lives up to its reputation as a classic although I think the £80000 paid at auction recently for a first edition is a bit much.

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  • Added on: September 11th, 2001
Current reading list:

- Alvin Toffler's Future Shock
- Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent
- An Anthology of H.L. Mencken
- Jean-Paul Sartre's The Psychology of Imagination
- Henry James' The Ambassadors

And I'm about to start Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky, which Earth2Angela was kind enough to send to me and the lads. I like books, okay? Deal with it! smile

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  • Added on: September 20th, 2001
I bought two books in the English bookstore here in Belgrade yesterday, to read on the long bus ride back home next weekend (unless I can figure out a way to get deported by airplane wink ):
Thomas Hardy * A Pair of Blue Eyes
Ivo Andric * The Days of the Consuls
And I`ve recently started reading:
Peter Handke * Am Felsfenster morgens (have no idea if that`s even been translated into English, let alone what the title would be)
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  • Added on: September 21st, 2001
Ant all I've got to say is, if sometime soon you're figuring out the books your reading and it seems that Mencken imagines himself in the future, travelling through a lost continent surounded by ambassadors.......you're in trouble!


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  • Added on: December 1st, 2001
i may not have much in the way of "furniture" but i do have stacks of books....
anyway, right now my list is, in order of most time spent with since there is more than one..
1. Passionate Nomad - The Life of Freya Stark. It explores her travels thru the middle east from 1927 - 1993.
2. A walk across America - Peter Jenkins. My copy s very well worn as it becomes a winter reread. I rescued the book from a garage sale my father was having as a little girl and it's been with me ever since.
3. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook - TRAVEL. It was a gift from a friend who knows my travel horror stories and wants me to be prepared for the worst.
4. Berlitz-Hungarian for Travellers. Doing some "brushing up"
this is your life. good to the last drop.

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  • Added on: December 2nd, 2001
the last book i picked up was "The Odyssey" by Homer. learning that the movie 'o brother where are thou' was based on it kinda sparked my interest. i must admit it was good, but jesus, too much detail! anyway, its a really good read. i have yet to crack open its counterpart, "the illiad" ( i may have spelled that wrong). but as far as the spin the movie put on the book... let just say it was a reeeaaally loose interpretation.

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I've been reading Bill Bryson continuosly now for about a month. He's witty, dryly comical and completely factual. Here's what I have read so far and highly recommend:

1. "Neither Here Nor There" in which Bill retraces the steps he took back in his college backpacking days. I bought it because when I opened it to the chapter on Brussels he talks about how he got off at the wrong station which I've done myself. It was the perfect cure for my Europe nostalgia.

2. "A Walk In The Woods" about hiking the approx. 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. I just finished it and let me tell you, I don't think I'd ever be ready for a thru-hike of that magnitude. And the man seems obsessed with Bears. Odd.

and I've just started "In A Sunburned Country" about his travels in Australia, which just so happens to be my next adventure. I'm hoping it'll give me a bit of inspiration.

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  • Added on: December 6th, 2001
Just finished reading Tony Hawks' "Round Ireland with a Fridge" - where he makes a bet that in 30 days he can hitchhike the circumference of Ireland, including a couple of islands, with a small fridge in tow. Bloody hilarious... and I gotta say, touching. He meets some amazing people, and the fridge, well, it's just a fascinating book. Highly, highly recommended!
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  • Added on: December 10th, 2001
is the book I just finished. Its the story of a man who set out on a motorcycle journey through south America in the mid 90's retracing the journey that Che Guevera and a friend took back in the 50's, the journey where Ernesto Guevera first became Che, who would become the revolutionary...great story, combination journalism, travel writing and history book.

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  • Added on: December 28th, 2001
I am reading the following three books, and find them very interesting

Invitation to France
Our travels in France have been a thoroughly enjoyable experience — truly, it’s an exciting and beautiful country. The towns we’ve visited, the sights we’ve seen, the people we’ve met! This is a story of what we saw, and where we saw it during our nine trips to France. It’s a composite of all our trips — nearly 160 nights, spent in over 100 different places.

Invitation to Germany
A vacation trip to Germany can be a trip through many different settings, representing many periods of history. Scenery, architecture, and the ambiance of the towns and villages, all change from one section of the country to another. Over 300 nights have been spent at the homes of 10 different families (most, but not all, were Emmy’s Cousins), and 115 nights were spent in 78 other cities, towns and villages.

Invitation to Italy
A trip to Italy is unlike any other trip imaginable. A beautiful, confounding, exciting, educational experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Italy is cluttered with beautiful old towns and buildings, but more important, Italy is crowded with beautiful, friendly, congenial people. After 112 wonderful nights in 63 different places during eight trips to Italy, beautiful Italy, we don’t remember anything that wasn’t a few hundred, or even a couple of thousand years old.

Why am I reading these books? Because I wrote them, that's why.

Please visit the Bootsnall hosted site,

http://www.InvitationToTravel.com

Why not Travel, rather than How To Travel essays.

Thank you

Jim Humberd

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  • Added on: January 1st, 2002
I have just finished reading a fantastic piece of Australian travel writing by Peter Moore called The Wrong Way Home. Its basically about a guy who travels from London to Sydney overland without getting on a plane and with only a few thousand dollars in his back pocket. Great read!

Am now reading his follow up book called The Full Montezuma where he travels through Mexico and Central America with the GND (Girl Next Door). Hilarious writing style, definately worth checking out.

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  • Added on: January 2nd, 2002
I just picked up and "One For The Road" by Tony Horwitz. It's the story of his wacky hitchhike through the outback. Has anyone read any of his other books?

Oh, and feeling the pressure of pop culture not to mention the heavy unauthorized advertising here on the boards, I picked up 'Fellowship of the Ring'. Time to re-read LOTR. Do you guys get a percentage of the sale?



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